I was in Holland & Barrett the other day and something caught my eye…The Beauty Kitchen has increased it’s range of products. They used to have a small offering of scrubs and lip balms…they are the things that I remember anyway – but I never knew they did BB creams and facial masks?! I don’t know when this growth for the brand happened, but I am pretty sure all the company’s products used to fit on one shelf as opposed to being sprawled out over 3! Some of the items from their Abyssinian oil range were in the penny sale. To clarify, for those that don’t know, Holland & Barrett regularly do a penny sale where you can mix any two items qualifying in the sale and get the lower price one for a penny. Effectively, think of it as buy one get one free. I knew it was the perfect opportunity to stock up on some essentials to take advantage of the offer. I looked at the ingredients of the products and I was instantly sold.

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An impressive list of natural ingredients…

Normally I trawl through the reviews to try to make informed purchasing decisions – that is how rare an impulse buy is for me..! But I love the brand so much, I trust their products. And at half price (pretty much) – I am not going to let a fantastic offer slip me by.

My Purchases

I bought the Facial Moisture Cream and Aroma Facial Concentrate in the Abyssinian Oil range.

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You will always need a replacement moisturiser for when your current one runs out right…

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And this anti-ageing skin oil looked impressive too

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This is what the bottle looks like

About the Brand

The company strives in producing ‘100% effective, natural, everyday luxury beauty products’ at affordable prices. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that this is what the company aims to achieve in the market place. On their website, they have openly stated that they saw a gap in the market because other companies claiming to be natural…actually weren’t all that natural when one inspects the ingredients in their offerings. I have seen that sometimes, when a product boasts a wonder ingredient…it will form like 0.1% of the product but percentage-wise that ingredient will be completely overshadowed by a range of horrible-sounding chemicals and additives.

Furthermore, on their website, I saw the word ‘affordable’ dotted around quite a lot – this is something that I highly respect. Other producers in this industry, it seems, are hell-bent on bleeding us obliging and unsuspecting victims dry. It is quite widely known that the mark-up on a lot of beauty items is astounding – so much so, that a whole new company, Beauty Pie, was created to highlight and create a solution to the issue. Beauty Pie is a subscription-based company where you can purchase its supposedly luxury quality items, at factory prices. When I last looked – reviews for it’s product offerings were not amazing – but if that ever changed – I would gladly become a paid-up Beauty Pie member. But who knows if people reviewing these items are just being psychologically sucked into the hype of big brand names and therefore underrating these products…I have no idea!

I am getting off topic here – back to Beauty Kitchen. If you visit their Glasgow-based HQ you can take part in a ‘Create your Own’ workshop – where you can learn to make your own 100% natural beauty products. That is definitely on my bucket list! The other thing that I have to say is that the customer service I have received from this relatively new player has been astounding. A while back, I saw their hand scrub featured on a UK TV programme (This Morning on ITV) – and off the back of that – I really wanted to get my hands on one of their products. I managed to order 2 (one for Pav) on the H&B website, I was excited…I waited a while for the product…nothing came…I waited some more…still nothing. I then contacted H&B, a little confused as to where my product was! H&B said that as they had run out of that item, they had refunded my money back into my account. This was a huge let-down for me. Firstly, at least give me some warning that I will not be receiving this item. Secondly, they offered a measly 10% discount that I could use on my next purchase. So I went to the Beauty Kitchen website directly, where for some reason my payment was just not going through this one day.  By this point I was frustrated – how was I ever going to get this item!! I sent Beauty Kitchen an email telling them how difficult it had been for me to get hold of this scrub (bearing in mind most of my annoyance had been caused by H&B and not them.) They were so lovely, they offered to send me 2 (yes 2!) of the scrubs for free. When I received the package – two complimentary lip balms had been sent as well. That level of customer service is unheard of these days and can only be applauded.

Final Verdict

All in all, this is an outstanding company with award-winning products. They have a new Seahorse Plankton range – which boasts some amazing anti-ageing properties. I really want to try the BB cream in the range too; specifically for days where I want my skin to breath and heal, and strip it from all the pore-clogging make-up that I subject it to on a regular basis.

Jas xx